The UN's Next Chief

The Security Council says Antonio Guterres is its unanimous choice for secretary-general.

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NEWS BRIEF The UN Security Council says Portugal’s Antonio Guterres is its unanimous choice to be secretary-general.

Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the UN, tweeted the news:

Guterres is the ninth person—and the ninth man—to hold the position. He succeeds South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, who is retiring.

Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister, previously served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees.